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Nineteen authors/bloggers kindly answered questions posed by Stevie Turner regarding significant life experiences they had undergone. These events include sexual abuse, a near death experience, alcoholism, a cancer diagnosis, depression, losing weight, getting married, being a mother to many children, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, and many more!

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Published April 5th 2019 by Stevie Turner
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Debbie Harris
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of stories

I am proud to be included in this anthology collated by Stevie Turner. The range of experiences, coping mechanisms and ultimately hope, that shines through is heartening.

All those interviewed by Stevie have a story to tell and they do it quite well in their answers to her questions. It’s good to have the links to their blogs as well, so we can follow up and interact. If anything, I wish I had been more fulsome in my responses. But with the links there anyone
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D.G. Kaye
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This anthology takes us into the lives and perspectives of some talented authors with a personal sharing of some of their life's traumatic events, all on various topics from overcoming addictions, sexual abuse, losing weight and keep it off, near death experience, to living with a narcissist and more!
These stories are a raw and sincere telling about how these authors found themselves in these situations and how they triumphed on overcoming their situations. There is so much in these stories that
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Robbie Cheadle
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection of experiences, told mainly in the form of questions and answers, from twenty authors and bloggers, is a unique and emotional read. Each of the twenty participants has been through a traumatic time in their lives and each of them has overcome their particular set of circumstances, whether it is a struggle with cancer, sexual abuse, the loss of a loved one or a personal obsession gone wrong. Despite its emotional and heart wrenching content, this book is, on the whole, an ...more
Janet Gogerty
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A simple idea; ask volunteers to answer a series of questions about a life experience. There are some experiences that most of us have, others that are certainly outside our realm. Even the same sort of experience will be different according to the person, where they live, the other folk in their lives. I loved the honesty of Abbie Johnson Taylor on becoming a carer - would she do it all again? I enjoyed the positivity of Lucy V. Hay on being a teenage mother. Readers may find comfort in knowing ...more
Sally Cronin
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Although I am a contributor to the anthology, there are 18 other writers who have shared significant events in their lives. They range from the devastating experiences of abuse in childhood through to being diagnosed with clinical depression. There are also major events that everyone can relate too and resonate with such as getting married and being mother to a large family.

Some might say that certain events or conditions were avoidable with better decisions such as obesity, but some issues are
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Beem Weeks
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Full disclosure, I took part in this book, being interviewed by Stevie Turner some years ago. That said, this is an incredible collection of intimate conversations with authors. Each has a story to tell. But these aren't the fictional tales or memoirs for which the authors are known. The stories here speak on sexual abuse, near-death experiences, battles with addiction, depression, and other obstacles life lays at our feet.

Everybody has a story to tell. Often it is the biggest obstacles that
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Pamela
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've delved into this book as if reading/listening to the lives of good friends who have gone through traumatic times, and come out of them with insight and wonder to write about them. Each 'chapter' of questions and answers is a story itself. And each discusses a part of life that gives pain and strength, fear and ultimately, even joy. Some stories grabbed me more than others; for me, the ones about struggling with weight issues, cancer, parental abuse, care giving, and depression lifted me ...more
Janice Spina
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of essays in the form of questions and answers from some talented authors. These authors explain in detail the hardships they have had to endure in their lifetimes such as abusive relationships, alcoholism, weight gain, cancer surgeries, caffeine or cigarette addiction and depression.

These authors bear their souls and reveal what remarkable people they are and what makes them strong, resilient and of a special breed. It was difficult to read and imagine how much difficulty they
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Darlene Foster
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
An interesting collection of essays in the form of questions and answers revolving around pivotal moments in the lives of the authors. Subjects range from losing weight, overcoming cancer, abusive relationships, losing a loved one and raising a large family. It is interesting to learn how individuals cope with life-changing situations. Some entries will make you laugh and others will make you cry, but they will all help the reader understand how people deal with life. I am pleased to be part of ...more
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Stevie Turner is a British author of suspense, women's fiction family dramas, paranormal and darkly humorous novels. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and 'A House Without Windows' gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017. Some of Stevie's books have been ...more